Stuffed parathas

Parathas can be served alongside a curry or can be eaten with dips as an alternative to sandwiches in picnics or lunchboxes.


Makes 6
Prep time
30 minutes to 1 hour
Cooking time
10 to 30 minutes


For the dough

  • 400g / 14oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 220ml / 8fl oz milk

For the filling

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2cm / 1/2 inch piece root ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 4 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 4-5 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil


  1. For the dough, place the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, egg and milk in a large bowl and mix to form a dough. Knead for about ten minutes until smooth, then cover with cling film and leave it to rest for 15 minutes.

  2. For the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the ginger, onion, garlic and chopped chilli and fry until soft. Add the turmeric, chilli powder, ground coriander and garam masala. Cook for a further two minutes, then stir in the mashed potato.

  3. Add salt to taste and stir in the fresh coriander.

  4. To make the parathas, divide and roll the potato mixture into six balls of equal size and set aside.

  5. Divide the dough into six equal-sized balls, flour the kitchen worktop and roll each ball of dough into a disc about 1?cm/?in thick.

  6. Place a ball of potato filling in the middle of each piece of dough and bring the edges up around the filling so it looks like a giant dim sum dumpling. Twist the top to seal it. Turn the ball-shaped paratha over and, with a bit of flour sprinkled on the top to stop everything sticking together, roll very gently into a flat disc.

  7. Grease a flat-bottomed frying pan with ghee or vegetable oil and heat until very hot. Place the parathas into the pan with the twisted side down and leave for a couple of minutes to cook. Brush a layer of ghee on the top side and then flip over and cook for a further two minutes.

  8. Cook until golden on both sides and serve.